Olympian Jordyn Wieber files lawsuit against MSU and USAG, lawyer speaks

Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 11:14 PM EDT
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The lawyer for Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber speaks out about her lawsuit filed Tuesday against USA Gymnastics and MSU.

The allegations include a cover up and destruction of potential evidence.

News 10's Cryss Walker talked with Wieber's lawyer via Skype.

“The hardest thing I ever had to do is process that I'm a victim of Larry Nassar”, Jordyn Wieber told an Ingham County courtroom during her victim impact statement in January.

Wieber, now filing her own lawsuit against USAG and Michigan State University for the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar.

The suit accuses MSU and USAG of knowing about Nassar's abuse and hiding it from the public and law enforcement.

Wieber's attorney says he has proof.

“USAG was required to keep medical records of the treatments she received, and you know, unfortunately we've learned those records have been destroyed", said Attorney Vince Finaldi.

Finaldi says Wieber is just now feeling comfortable enough to move forward with litigation.

“Just because the allegations Come out against an individual does not mean that everyone's who's been injured by him is ready at that time to come forward”, Finaldi explained.

The California lawyer says MSU also played a part in keeping Nassar’s abuse quiet.

“When Dr. Nassar was providing treatment for members of local gyms and also for the national team he was doing so in his outreach capacity for Michigan State”, said Finaldi.

Fenaldi says Nassar's contract with MSU required him to work with other organizations like USAG.

“When he was providing treatment it was kind of under a dual role, both with USAG and with MSU”, the lawyer stated.

Wieber's lawsuit comes three months after she gave her victim impact statement in an Ingham County courtroom.

Wieber was one of the last high profile victims to come forward.

The Olympian’s attorney says she did not join the federal civil lawsuit in Michigan for many reasons.

He said more details will be revealed as the case moves forward.